- For the ancient Greek city, see Helike. For the moon of Jupiter, see Helike (moon).
In Greek mythology, Helike (//; Greek: Ἑλίκη, pronounced [heˈlikɛː], modern Greek pronunciation: [eˈlici]) was a name of several women. One was a nymph and one was a Queen of Chios.
List of Helikes
Helike nurtured god Zeus in his infancy on Crete.
Her name suggests that she was a "willow-nymph", just as there were oak-tree nymphs and ash-nymphs (Dryads and Meliae).
It is likely that she is the same as Ide.
Helike was in antiquity a common proper name for the constellation Ursa Major.
Queen Helike was a wife of King Oenopion of Chios and their children were:
Wife of Ion
This Helike was a wife of a man called Ion and mother of woman called Bura.
Ion built the city and named it after his wife. They were wed by Selinus.
- ^ Aratus, Phaenomena 27
- ^ Aratus, Phaenomena, translation by A. W. Mair, G. R. Loeb
- ^ Pausanias, Description of Greece, 7. 4. 8